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GSA Announces Notice of Availability for the Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island

BOSTON – On May 7, 2021, a Notice of Availability for the Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island announced that the Light has been determined to be excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security.

Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000,4 U.S.C § 305102 et. seq (NHLPA) (NHLPA), this Property is now being made available at no cost to eligible entities defined as:

  • Federal agencies
  • State and local agencies
  • Non-profit corporations
  • Educational agencies or community development organizations for educational
  • Park, recreational, cultural, or historic preservation purposes

The historic 64-foot granite lighthouse faces south toward the Rhode Island Sound and the exit of Narragansett Bay.

The original lighthouse on the Property was constructed in 1749 and was burned down by British Soldiers leaving the Newport area in 1779. The foundation remains onsite. The current lighthouse was constructed in 1856 along with 6 ancillary structures totaling 5,171 square feet.

The lighthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Any eligible entity with an interest in acquiring the property for a use consistent with the purposes stated above should submit a letter of interest to the address below within 60 (sixty) days from the date of this notice.

Letters of interest should include:

  • Name of property
  • Name of eligible entity
  • Point of contact, title, address, phone and email
  • Non-profit agencies must provide a copy of their state-certified articles of incorporation before the end of the 60-day Notice period.

Eligible entities which submit a letter of interest will be sent an application from the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS) and given an opportunity to inspect the Property. Building inspectors and/or contractors may accompany the applicant on the inspection. The application is due within 90 days from the date of the site inspection.

The NPS will review all applications submitted and may recommend a steward to receive the Property. If a recommendation is made, the General Services Administration (GSA) will complete the conveyance to the selected steward with a Quitclaim Deed.  Pursuant to Section 309 of the NHLPA, the Property will be sold if it is not transferred to a public body or non-profit organization. 

Letters of interest should be directed to:

     U.S. General Services Administration
     Real Property Utilization and Disposal Division
     10 Causeway Street - 11th Floor
     Boston, MA 02222
     Attention: Anthony Barbati (anthony.barbati@gsa.gov)

The marketing and sales effort is being handled by GSA’s New England Region Real Property Utilization and Disposal Division. The division provides realty services to federal agencies throughout the region, as well as in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

GSA’s New England Region provides centralized procurement for the federal government by managing its real estate portfolio, products and services throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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